Analyst Predicts Every 2017 iPhone Model Will Have Wireless Charging

This year, it’s expected that Apple will launch three new iPhones: An iPhone 7s, the iPhone 7s Plus, and, the flagship, the iPhone 8 (or iPhone X).

There has been some back-and-forth as to what potential buyers should expect to find available for them later this year, as far as features go across the multiple new arrivals. The safe assumption at this point is that the iPhone 7 successors will keep the majority of prime features from their 2016 predecessors, including the dual-camera setup in the iPhone 7s Plus, while also getting boosts in the standard areas, like the processor and camera.

The main focus is on the this new addition, though, with all eyes on the iPhone 8.

Still, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has sent out a new prediction, detailing that a few key changes for the 2017 iPhone lineup will shake things up a bit. First, Kuo believes every 2017 iPhone model will include wireless charging support. It has been rumored in the past that Apple would keep this feature for the iPhone 8, but Kuo expects it will be available across devices.

On top of that, Kuo also corroborates a report from yesterday that the iPhone 8 will be a bit more expensive than past iPhone models, due to parts that Apple has to use. Specifically, the analyst report indicates that with the construction of the iPhone 8, the materials and overall design, means that the wireless charging implementation means the device produces more heat.

As a result, Apple has had to make important changes, including a new graphite liner to protect the film 3D Touch sensor inside the device. The report also notes that the glass being utilized for the new iPhone 8 is less efficient than aluminum when it comes to displacing that heat, which is also contributing to a higher temperature inside the unit.

Apple is making the changes to make sure that future owners of the device won’t feel that heat, and, as a result, will make the individual parts inside the iPhone 8 more expensive. Which means Apple will pass that along to customers.

That would line up with a report from yesterday, which said that Apple would raise the price of the iPhone 8 to “north of $1,000.” In that report, an unnamed source said that the display itself was one reason why the iPhone 8 would be more expensive than past models, but there’s no reason to think that both of these elements can’t coincide, making the iPhone 8’s price rise.

[via AppleInsider]

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